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Shannon Brunzo-Hager

Shannon Brunzo-Hager

Shannon Brunzo-Hager, a member of the Honors College from Rupert, will graduate with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. He is the founder and serves as president HOSA- Future Health Professionals at WVU and president of the National Society of Leadership.

He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while serving as a tutor for student-athletes, a resident assistant for the Brooke Tower Health Professions Living-Learning Community and conducting undergraduate research.

Brunzo-Hager successfully launched HOSA, an inclusive organization that unites aspiring health professionals, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He built an executive board and recruited more than 40 active student members to provide students with various scholarship and internship opportunities in health care.

Since his freshman year, his goal has been to help others develop professionally and personally and reports that his approach as a teaching assistant in the Department of Biology has elicited a renewed enthusiasm for learning in his students, making this one of the most rewarding experience during his undergraduate studies.

He also worked with high school students from rural areas of West Virginia to help them enter and succeed in STEM-based education programs as a summer mentor with the Health Science Technology Academy and mentored incoming freshmen at WVU, who previously participated in HSTA Program, in the Health Careers Opportunity Program.

He has also conducted graduate research in the Department of Neuroscience where he helped imagine brain tissue to analyze nanoparticle drug efficacy in alleviating brain damage caused by stroke.

After graduation, he will pursue a master’s degree in health informatic and information management and doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Tennessee.

Ultimately, he would like to teach math and chemistry at the high school level and develop a college-preparatory STEM program.